The story begins like a fairytale:
There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. “
If we read all of chapter 1–why not do that before Sunday?—we would find he was the greatest man in all the East. And then in chapter two God even ups the ante by boasting that Job is not just the greatest in the East, but in all the earth.
As we know, despite his goodness, things do not go well for Job. Who really, besides God, is good anyway (cf. Jesus in Mark 10:18)? The Job fairytale finds us asking “why” questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? But it never really answers them, inviting us instead to deeper and more productive questions that scrape against our real life experiences and invite us to consider the ways in which God births goodness from evil, blessing out of testing, and peace out of chaos in our homes and in our communities for the sake of our children and our future.
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